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Course : Developmental Psychology

Course Number
PSYC 3233
Section Number
Fall 2019
Prothro-Yeager Hall, 102
Dr. Don Knox
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

This course will be an introductory look at the psychological development of human beings across the life span.  Focus of this course is on the major domains of development, including the (1) Physical, (2) Cognitive, and (3) Psychological/Emotional domains.  The emphasis will be upon the latter two domains, with less attention given to the physical aspects of development, maturity, and aging.  The course will also give more weight to the “outcomes” of development, being less concerned with the detailed steps of the developmental process.  Course material will essentially follow the outline of your textbook, but additional material may be presented from time to time.  Thus, keeping up with the readings (about one chapter per week, sometimes more) AND class attendance will be important for success.


Grades will be based primarily upon four tests, given at about four week intervals, with the last test being considered the “final exam.”  Material to be covered will be clearly stated, and the type of test will also be made known in advance, though most likely multiple choice, short answer, objective questions will make up the bulk of test items.  Some essay questions may be given, depending upon the nature of the class.  If such questions are used, that will be announced in advance of the test.  Each exam is worth 150 points.


A fifth grade, 200 points, will be awarded based upon completion of a paper.  The paper will be 1750 - 2500 words using double-spaced pages addressing a major topic or issue in developmental psychology, as it applies to you, or someone you know.  The paper will be due Nov 19th.  Because the Department of Psychology at MSU emphasizes the importance of written work, these papers will be read critically.  Please allow yourself enough time to review and perhaps re-draft the paper before turning it in.  In addition to content, the “clarity” of your communication with the instructor will be a major factor in assigning a grade.  That is, you must write well to do well.  To minimize unpleasant surprises, a proposal, identifying the topic or issue to be addressed, and the student’s approach, MUST be signed off in advance by the instructor prior to the first test.  (The interested student will, of course, complete their proposals early.)  A “Proposal Guide” to aid students in preparing for their papers may be found on page 4 of this syllabus.  Title page, abstract and bibliography do not count in the page total.  (12 point Times New Roman font – 1” margins).  Papers less than 1750 words (body of the text) will be graded as a zero. Please do not shoot for a minimum and expect a great grade.  As in life, exceed the minimum and strive for excellence.


A sixth grade of 200 points will be awarded based upon completion of four journal article reviews (50 points each).  I will provide the journal articles via D2L.  Reviews will be at least 900 words in length not counting name and bibliographic information.  1 inch margins double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. ).  Reviews less than 900 words (body of the text) will be graded as a zero. As with the paper - please do not shoot for a minimum and expect a great grade.  As in life, exceed the minimum and strive for excellence.


Journal 1 – 9/18

Journal 2 – 10/9

Journal 3 – 10/30

Journal 4 – 11/20


Paper is due 11/20




Total points

4 Exams



4 Journal Reviews










Test 1 Chapters 1 – 3

Test 2 Chapters 4 – 7

Test 3 Chapters 8 – 11

Test 4 Chapters 12 - epilogue


The following scale will be used to grade tests, your paper, and your class participation (1000 points total):

            90 – 100%       =          A

            80 – 89%         =          B

            70 – 79%         =          C

            60 – 69%         =          D

            0 – 59%           =          F



Make-up tests:  Students who miss one or more tests due to absences will be allowed to schedule make-up exams with permission of the Instructor. There will be no grade penalty for exams missed due to an excused absence.  A 25 -point penalty will be assessed for exams missed due to unexcused absences.  Excused absences come from the Dean of Students.  Written work will not be accepted late – no exceptions (really means no exception).  Please turn written work in early. I will not accept emailed work.

Class attendance is expected!  Schedule problems can usually be worked out, but must be discussed IN ADVANCE.  Bona fide emergencies do sometimes occur, but must be discussed with the instructor as soon as possible after the emergency absence.




An absence may be excused ONLY if the student complies with, or provides one of the following:

a.         Negotiates approval for the absence with the instructor IN ADVANCE, or in the case of a legitimate emergency, as soon as is reasonable.

b.         Presents a written excuse from a physician or the MSU Infirmary via the Dean of Students

c.         Presents written evidence of participation in a mandatory University function (Band, Choir, Sports, etc.)

d.         Presents written evidence of attendance at a recognized professional meeting or professional educational program.

e.         Presents a written excuse from a physician for a dependent child’s illness via the Dean of Students.

Late work not accepted.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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